Pin Eight is the personal web site of Damian Yerrick. You may be interested in one or more of his projects:
Older projects: Luminesweeper
Posted on August 19, 2018
MediaWiki is upgraded to version 1.30. One extension had to be disabled because it is no longer maintained and no longer compatible with recent MediaWiki. Upgrading to the current version is on hold until I investigate migrating my hosting from PHP 5 to PHP 7.
In other news: In 2018, web browsers started to block automatic playback of video that is not muted, requiring a user gesture to enable anything audio-related. But discussions about this policy on various forums uncovered a vocal minority who don't want any video to autoplay because video uses a lot of data, which cellular and satellite ISPs put under a monthly cap. Some of them don't realize how many ways there are to play video that use even more bandwidth than the
<video> element, such as animated GIFs or sequences of JPEG or PNG images. Web browsers allow autoplaying muted video as a least bad way of discouraging ad networks and other websites from automatically falling back to less efficient methods.
So for people who claim to have blocked autoplaying video using a browser feature or add-on, I have created a video autoplay test suite with 14 tests to run against a video blocker.
Posted on August 9, 2017
Some took this as a subtle condemnation of script in the browser. This rekindled a perennial discussion about whether script in the browser ought to exist in the first place. A vocal minority of users in the comment sections of Slashdot, SoylentNews, and elsewhere, believe HTML documents ought to be static apart from form submission. (See, for example, the reaction on Slashdot and on SoylentNews to Google Chrome's adoption of WebAssembly.) To them, if an application needs to be more dynamic than HTML, CSS, and form submission can provide, then it ought to be native, written using a multi-platform toolkit such as Qt, and made available as source code under a free software license for download, inspection, compilation, and installation by PC owners.
So anyway, some replies claimed that the two-of-three UI isn't even possible without script in the browser. It's true that HTML lacks a selection input allowing greater than one but fewer than all options; radio buttons allow only one, and checkboxes and
<select multiple>. But navigation or form submission allows the server to correct mutually inconsistent inputs and present a consistent view to the user.
Posted on December 22, 2016
Don't like everybody seeing what web pages you're looking at? Try the HTTPS Everywhere extension by Electronic Frontier Foundation, available for Firefox and Chrome. It rewrites
http: URLs on select websites to use
https: instead. This means a snooper looking at your can see only what sites you're viewing, such as "some page on Stack Overflow" rather than "the question about
Pin Eight is not included in HTTPS Everywhere, but it does have a similar feature called HTTP Strict Transport Security. Once it's turned on in your modern web browser, the browser will rewrite all URLs to
https:. Currently we're deploying it on an opt-in basis, so go ahead and turn on HSTS for a month.
Posted on April 5, 2015
We are aware of a problem reaching Pin Eight with Firefox 37. StartSSL is having OCSP issues. Users of Google Chrome are unaffected.
UPDATE (18:10 UTC): StartSSL's OCSP server appears to be operational once more.
Posted on February 13, 2015
I have a Twitter account now ( @PinoBatch), but I still feel like I haven't hatched all the way.
A couple users on NESdev BBS found a few serious problems with my NES and Super NES project templates. So I addressed some of their concerns in version 5 of my NROM, SNROM, and LoROM templates. Highlights include:
Posted on November 9, 2014
Posted on September 1, 2014
For years, there has been a fight between between "net neutrality" and "paid prioritization" approaches to last-mile home Internet access in the United States. ISPs normally make money by charging a monthly fee to the receiver (you), but lately some have been trying to double-dip by also charging both the sender of the information (such as Netflix). Instead of giving subscribers what they have paid for, some cable and fiber telecom providers have chosen to engage in congestion by choice in order to promote their own traditional cable television service instead of over-the-top (OTT) video on demand services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu Plus. These providers intentionally route the OTT service's connections down the "slow lane" to degrade quality of service unless the OTT service pays the ISP a recurring fee. So under paid prioritization, the customer ends up paying the ISP twice: once as part of the Internet subscription and once to the OTT provider.
Proponents of net neutrality have staged a protest against anticompetitive double-dipping on September 10. Many web sites will briefly display a fake loading bar as a symbol of the fight against ISPs' preferential treatment of some sites over others. Pin Eight is among them.
Posted on August 7, 2014
A long-standing mixed active content problem on some pages of this site has been fixed.
Posted on July 12, 2014
Posted on June 10, 2014
Since Koitsu announced the decision to shut down Parodius Networking, I've been privately maintaining a tool that backs up a wiki that runs MediaWiki software. I used it as a backup plan in case normal wiki migration didn't work correctly, but it ended up proving useful for creating a downloadable static version of a reference wiki. It is currently in use on NESdev Wiki, and now I make it available for everyone to download.
Posted on May 15, 2014
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